Steamboat Springs Routt County continues to award construction bids in an informal fashion to ensure an arena is complete in time for the 88th Routt County Fair.
Last week, the county hired Five Pine Construction to oversee the construction of the building at the Hayden fairgrounds. The county is paying the Yampa firm $48,600 to do the work.
On Tuesday, the county shelled out an additional $72,000 for the arena's electrical work, ground drilling, fire alarm system, survey and concrete work.
The county waived its formal bid process to award this work because the county plans to construct the arena by August.
"This is a project we are trying to complete in a timely manner," Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak said. "Time is of the essence."
The largest bid that was awarded by county commissioners Tuesday is to FSC Electric Co. The county will pay the firm $43,800 for the company to install the electrical system.
The county also chose Top Quality Drilling to handle groundwork drilling for the arena. The county will pay the company $10,800.
Western Security Systems' bid of $8,900 to install the arena's fire alarm system was chosen by the county. It was the only bid submitted.
Gordon Dowling will be paid $4,400 to provide surveying data for the project.
KLG was awarded the work to install support bars in the arena's concrete foundation.
The county awarded all the bids because they were the lowest submitted for the work.
Next week, the county is expected to choose a company to construct the arena's foundation.
Officials expect construction of the $213,000 building will start in early June. The county has purchased the steel building from EagleSpan Steel Structures Inc. The county is paying Pro Steel Erectors $75,000 to construct it.
The county is using a $300,000 Energy Impact Grant to pay for the construction of the building.
The project has been made possible by fund-raising efforts done in the past two years by local 4-H clubs and the Routt County Fair Board.
Along with the Energy Impact Grant, the board has also received grants from the Gates Foundation and Yampa Valley Community Foundation. Other grant applications are pending, including a $50,000 Great Outdoors Colorado grant.